Male literary friendship has become the stuff of legend, but the world’s most celebrated female authors are mythologised as one of a kind. Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood, will share their research discoveries about Jane Austen’s mysterious friendship with Chawton governess and amateur playwright, Anne Sharp. They’ll also offer us a glimpse into the neglected female literary alliances of Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.
Writer friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney are the authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf. They also co-run SomethingRhymed.com, a website that celebrates female literary friendship. They have written for the likes of the Guardian, the Telegraph and The Times. Emily is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, Emma is author of the award-winning novel Owl Song at Dawn, and they both teach at New York University London.